JFK and Jackie on their wedding day, after taking party photos on the 300-acre oceanfront estate on Hammersmith Farm, September 12, 1953. Courtesy of R.R. Auction.
100 years after king of Camelot was born on May 28, 1917, the John F. Kennedy ephemera business is booming. Get your Kennedy diaries! Get your (Jackie) Kennedy watches! Step right up! Now, a new auction at R.R. Auction house in Boston is celebrating the would-be centennial of his life with photos—a lot of them. 100 black and white snaps between 1946 and 1953 are up for grabs.
The president was just 29 then, and the photos depict the handsome future president in lifestyle shots at home with his siblings (John, Bobby, Jean, Pat, and Eunice) or hanging on the lawn with Jackie, though most are from the start of his political career, like during his run for Congress.
Some have never been seen before, while others, like the candid wedding shot from Jackie and J.F.K.’s ceremony in 1953, are at the J.F.K Library. All told, they‘re estimated to go for $39,000 by the auction’s end date on Thursday.
Besides the photos (with negatives), Kennedy-philes can bid on various family items, like a wedding invite or a silver spoon given to the family upon the birth of Jack, Jr. in 1960. A pair of Jackie O.’s high heels and gloves are available as well.
Any items with a Kennedy connection are an easy sell at auction, but in uncertain times like these, one can imagine there are more folks than ever interested in buying into the past.
Courtesy of RR Auction.